Gruff Rhys announces UK tour dates for early 2020

Gruff Rhys performing at Leeds Church, November 2018 (Scott Smith / Live4ever)

Gruff Rhys performing at Leeds Church (Scott Smith / Live4ever)

Gruff Rhys will tour some of the lesser spotted venues in the north of England during the early part of next year.

Sandwiched in between a show at Crickhowell’s Clarence Hall tonight and one at the Memorial Hall in Wrexham on May 9th 2020 are shows starting at the end of January in Lancaster and Todmorden, and which finish on February 8th in Corbridge.

Rhys released his latest solo album Pang! not so long ago, and was at the Deer Shed Festival in July where Live4ever caught our latest glimpse: “Festivals of course can be where invention meets luck: from London and Bahrain, Flamingods have been creating their own brand of burbling neo-psychedelia for several years, but here the damp conditions have done for some of their instruments,” the review reads.

“The flipside is the tent is packed to capacity as another punter-soaking cloudburst erupts, with many who came to shelter then staying to absorb the group’s beguiling mix of pan hemisphere influences.”

“There are no such issues with being exposed to the elements for Gruff Rhys (although somewhat confusingly there’s a man stood in the audience wearing a gold cardboard minotaur head) even if, he confesses, he hasn’t brought a raincoat. With a solo career ensconced in lo-fi rock, folk and country a well-judged retrospective including Candylion, Frontier Man, Negative Vibes and Gyrru Gyrru Gyrru – a song about a Yorkshire battle sung in Welsh – eventually charm the crowd out from underneath their umbrellas.”

Tour dates:

December
20 – Crickhowell, Clarence Hall

January 2020
30 – Lancaster, Priory
31 – Todmorden, Golden Lion

February 2020
1 – Threlkeld, Village Hall
5 – Great Ayton, Parochial Hall
6 – Yorkshire, Stockton On The Forest Village Hall
7 – Atyon, Hemelvaart
8 – Corbridge, Parish Hall

May 2020
9 – Wrexham, Memorial Hall

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